Historical Pictures

Bert Houghton
ca. 1890
In Front Of The Old Sawyer Store and Post Office

The First Congregational Church Of Wilton
ca. 1900
Wilton, ME
Wilton Academy
E.R. Adams
Driving His Horse And Buggy
Wilton, ME
Wilton Academy
Wilton, ME
Overview with many Houses
Stanley Huck Williams
Old Route 2 And 4
East Wilton, ME
Intersection Of
Main St And Temple Rd
East Wilton, ME


Main St
Wilton, ME

1910 – 1920
View From Wilson Stream
Wilton Academy School Is In The Distance
Structure On The Left Is

The Wollen Mill.
View Of  Upper Wollen Mill, On Main St, Wilton, ME
Building Formerly Located
Where Food City Is Today

Foot of Wilson Lake, Wilton , ME
Wilkins Bros Ice House

View of Wilson Lake
Wilton, ME
Men clearing snow off Main St., Wilton, Maine

At the foot of High St. Wilton,  ME in 1903
View of Wilson Lake Wilton, ME.
Note building on right is Kineowatha Park in Wilton, ME ca.1900

1905 Noon Train Crossing Wilson Stream in East Wilton Village, Maine
View of Main Street Wilton, Maine showing both the east and west sides facing north
Breaking the Temple Road the 4 corners on Orchard Drive, East Wilton, Maine

East side of Main St. in Wilton, Maine after 1894

East side of Main St. ca 1879 before Great Fire of 1893 Wilton, Maine
  View of the East side of Main St. Wilton, Maine after the 1893 Fire.               
           Note the Congregational Church is on the left side.
View of downtown East Wilton around the intersection of Cemetery Road and Main Street ca 1910. This picture shows the area in which the first mills were developed in the Town of Wilton in 1790 by Samuel Butterfield Jr. The dark building in the center was the blacksmith shop which was torn down 20 to 30 years ago. The building on the right is the former Ken Richards’ house located across from the existing post office. At one time this building was offices for the various factories that were located near the falls (Butterfield Falls).
Picture of East Dixfield is from our Reynolds Collection which was given to us recently. The collection was a great addition because it had a lot of information on East Dixfield and the Butterfield families that lived there. It also included pictures from the 1940s of the farm that was formerly located where the Comfort Inn is now located. There are pictures of the surrounding fields when they were all open and used for haying.

Photograph of Civil War Monument area of downtown Wilton, Maine taken sometime after 2011. Starting on the left you have the Fernald gristmill, Bass Shoe Factory, the former R. Fuller House, the a boarding house for the Bass Shoe employees, now the location of the Wilton Historical Society / The Wilton Farm and Home Museum. A livery stable and E.W. Sawyer Meat Market.

This photo was taken in 1946 shows the old mill converted into a community building that was presented to the town by George Goodspeed. This building was located where Food City is now. The first floor was a movie theater and the second floor as a gymnasium. The building was razed in the 1950s.
View of Main Street East Dixfield. Note church and W.H. Winslow store in background.
View of Main Street facing downstream. Large building on left, Fernald’s Grist Mill built in ca 1903. Building at extreme right , the old Hiscock Shop. Building in distance left, the old post office at the foot of High Street, now the location of the Chinese restaurant. The tower of the Congregational Church in distance center. Picture taken ca. 1910
First Baseball Team 1910 Wilton, Maine
Art Beisaw Little League Team in 1960.
Does anyone know the names of the players.
Upper Main St in Wilton Maine After The May 1945 Storm
The Downtown Wilton Fire Station site prior to the flood of 1987
Picture of the Wilton Red Sox ca 1960. Jeff Adams, Bill Mayo, John Donald are some of the players. Coaches are Gerald Howard and Edward Jenkins. Does anyone know the other players?
P.A. Howard Shoeing ca. 1910 now the location of Norm’s Redemption Center.
Wilton Hardware Store on Main Street ca. 1953




Old postcard of the Congregation Church ca. 1910 on Main Street Wilton, Maine.
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 Picture of the Methodist Church ca. 1903. Note the building to the right is the old grammar school that once was located in the existing parking lot.
The Fenderson House was built in 1824 and was formerly located behind the old Wilton Trust Bank. The building was taken down in 1953 and moved to Lake Road, near the shores of Wilson Lake. The building is now known as the “Red Shingle House”. The building was originally built to be used as a tavern, once owned by Col. Charles Morse.  In 1846, Cyrus Fenderson purchased the building and the Fenderson family made it their home until 1953
The picture of the Sawyer block shows what the monument area looked like 100 years ago. The building contained the post office and the Sawyer’s Grocery Store and on the end the Wilton Trust Company, 4th of July 1919
The G H Bass all decorated up for the celebration in 1920. 
ave a happy 4th of July.
View of Kineowatha Park in 1902. This building was called Dr, Fuller’s Cottage. Willis E Bacheller from NY City purchased 25 acres and ultimately built 10 cabins and operated a musical camp for several years.
View of Main Street Wilton, Maine ca.1910 facing towards Wilson Lake along the block where the existing Wilton Hardware Store is now located. Note all the various business signs.
Free Baptist Church in East Dixfield, Maine ca. 1915
Sylvia Hardy

Did you know that Giantess Sylvia Hardy was born in Wilton, Maine and was exhibited in P.T. Barnum American Museum in the 1850’s as a nearly eight-foot-tall curiosity? If you like to learn more about her interesting story, an exhibit can be found on the third floor of the Wilton Farm and Home Museum.
For more information please contact us at wiltonfarmandhomemuseum@yahoo.com

Bird’s eye view of East Wilton, Maine from the Walker Woolen Mill formerly located behind the Shelly’s HomeTown  Market. Note the large building in lower right is the Wilson Grange building.
Wilton, Maine Post Office ca. 1950 located at the base of High St and Main Street, now the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant.

First National Store
Wilton, Maine
ca.1950
Ralph Stinson’s Corner Store
Wilton, Maine
ca.1950
Maytag Appliances, Davis and Rolfe
Wilton, Maine
ca.1950

Bert Thomas Store along Main Street
East Dixfield, Maine
ca. 1920s.

View of downtown Dryden, Maine. Second building on the right is the former structure located at the current site of Steve’s Market. ca. 1910

How many people purchased cars or worked here at Backus Garage located in Suburban East Wilton, Maine.
Picture taken in 1953
View of the Chase Market formerly located along the Weld Road, near the old Bass building.
1902 Edition of The Sears, Roebuck Catalog
Haying on fields that are now the Wilson Lake Golf Club
in Wilton, Maine ca. 1920s.
The Wilton Theater near where the Post Office and Food City Store is now in
Wilton, Maine
The Wilton Hotel, Wilton, Maine, ca 1920 was located directly across the intersection of Main Street and the Weld Road. It was used as a hotel for many years and burned down in the 1950’s. Storage units now occupy the location where this grand building once stood.
View of the aftermath of the November 21, 1958 Hotel Wilton fire, Wilton, Maine
Hotel Wilton fire, Wilton, Maine from the Wilton Times dated December 12, 1958.
Brookside Filling Station, Don Atwood Manger in 1933 in Wilton Maine formerly located adjacent to the civil war monument.
View of Canal Street facing towards High Street in Wilton, Maine. Note the former Fenderson House in the background. This house was moved in the 1950’s to near the shore of Wilson Lake and its former location is now a parking lot.
Then and Now pictures of Main Street Wilton, Maine, The C.A. Miller taxis service provided transportation between the train station in Dryden and downtown Wilton ca. 1900’s
Now picture of Main Street Wilton, Maine.
The Maine Central Railroad depot in Dryden, Maine ca. 1910.

Yes, downtown Wilton once had a bowling alley in the 1950’s. The bowling alley was situated on land across from the post office, which is now McGillicuddy Park. The building that once housed the bowling alley was once known as the Dorman building. In ca. 1880, a portion of the building was the second location which G H Bass had a shoe shop. At this location, they used water power from the Wilson Stream that was situated directly behind the building.

View of a Wilton canning factory ca. 1880 from Birch Street. These buildings were located on the same spot which the Wilton Woolen Company later built. Now that location in Dryden is pretty much empty.
The enclosed picture shows the worker at the factory in 1890 and some of their names. Maybe some of you have relatives in the picture.